Apuro

first_imgWith modern trends towards healthy eating, there is increased demand for freshly prepared and well-presented vegetables and fruit. The Ital vegetable cutter available from Apuro (Solihull, West Midlands) produces a steady stream of chopped vegetables at a high speed to keep prep time to a minimum, says the firm.It comes complete with four blades and a storage basket. Its stainless steel construction is designed for hygiene and durability and it has a removable lid for easy cleaning and blade changing.last_img

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Good news for marathoners

first_imgParticipation in marathon and half-marathon races is at an all-time high, but numerous reports of race-related cardiac arrests have called the safety of this activity into question.A new study finds that participating in these races actually is associated with a relatively low risk of cardiac arrest, compared with other forms of athletics. An analysis of 10 years of data, appearing in the Jan. 12 New England Journal of Medicine, reveals that most of those experiencing cardiac arrest during marathons and half-marathons had undiagnosed, pre-existing cardiac abnormalities.  Male marathon participants accounted for most cardiac arrests and appear to be at increased risk. The study also identifies bystander-initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as a key factor in patient survival.“This study provides the first accurate, comprehensive characterization of cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death risk in this population,” says Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Medicine Aaron Baggish, who is director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) division of cardiology and senior author of the study. “The general consensus — based on intense media coverage of cardiac arrests that happen during these races — has been that the risk was very high.  But we found that the risk of cardiac arrest for marathon and half-marathon runners is equal to or less than the risk for other athletes — including triathletes, college athletes, and casual joggers.  This finding provides important reassurance that this is a generally safe and well-tolerated activity.”The authors note that, while several studies have examined sudden cardiac deaths in young, competitive athletes, there had been no comprehensive study of marathon participants, who are often older and may have unknown underlying medical conditions.  They prospectively compiled a database of cardiac arrest cases occurring during or at the finish lines of all U.S. marathons and half-marathons from 2000 until mid-2010.  Letters were sent to survivors of each cardiac event — or to the next of kin for cardiac deaths — requesting their participation in the study.  Those agreeing to participate completed an extensive interview process examining demographic data, personal and family medical history, cardiac risk factors or previous diagnoses, and information about the cardiac event. Complete medical records, including post-cardiac arrest testing and autopsy data, were collected and analyzed whenever possible.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yRWu2tW8JY&w=560&h=315]Out of almost 11 million registered participants in the races documented during the study period, the research team identified 59 cardiac arrests — 40 at marathons and 19 at half-marathons.  More than 85 percent of the cardiac arrests took place in men. While the overall incidence of cardiac arrests during the study period was stable, the risk among male marathon runners rose significantly over time.  Of the 59 cardiac arrests, 42 were fatal. This 71 percent mortality is markedly better than the usual 92 percent rate for out-of-hospital arrests, probably because of the presence of spectators and on-site medical services that facilitate rapid response, the authors note.Among the 31 affected runners for whom detailed medical information was available, 23 had died — 15 of whom had definite or probable hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  This abnormal thickening of the heart muscle is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes but previously has not been considered an issue in the older running population. Nine of those who died had additional cardiac abnormalities. Among cardiac arrest survivors, underlying coronary artery disease was the dominant pathology, but no participants with coronary disease had any evidence of acute coronary plaque rupture.  Factors most strongly associated with survival were rapid initiation of CPR by bystanders witnessing the event and a diagnosis other than hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.“The lack of plaque rupture — a critical event in many heart attacks — was an intriguing and surprising finding,” Baggish says.  “It suggests that the kind of underlying disease that causes cardiac arrest in distance runners may be detectable by a simple stress test prior to race day.  Our next steps are to investigate strategies for pre-race runner education and heart disease screening and to study the contribution of specific risk factors in more detail.  A big take-home message of the study is the importance of bystander CPR, which is a relatively simple skill that can be learned by everyone in the community.  Recognition of this important finding calls us all to action, and we will be offering the first-ever CPR education session for runners, family members, and spectators at this year’s Boston Marathon.”last_img read more

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IDEA Week promotes entrepreneurship, innovation

first_imgThough the Studebaker plant closed in the early 1960’s, many still identify the city of South Bend with its manufacturing past — and the after-effects of the factory’s demise.Associate provost Bryan Ritchie wants to change this perception.“This community has been mired in its past for so long,” Ritchie said. “I mean, OK we’re the ‘Studebaker City.’ When do we move past that? What’s the new moniker? We’re the ‘Big Data City.’ We’re the ‘Advanced Manufacturing City.’ Whatever that case might be … we just need to get to that next thing. So I want people to start to see that and understand that that’s a possibility.”Ritchie is leading the efforts behind IDEA Week, a Notre Dame-led festival highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship. Ritchie — whose official role is associate provost and vice president of innovation — said the week combines many of the initiatives already taking place in the community.“We were doing a lot of things in April anyways around innovation and entrepreneurship, and so we said, ‘Why not create a celebration week where we pull all of these events into one week? And let’s get everyone motivated and excited about what we’re doing.’ Hopefully, that will have knock-on effects,” Ritchie said. “I mean, it will bring others out of the woodwork, get them engaged, make sure they understand and see what’s happening.”Nick Swisher, executive director of IDEA Week, said the conference is a direct result of Notre Dame’s efforts to become a leading research university.“It’s now maturing to a place that the ideas that are coming from the labs and from the students are enough of a critical mass to really put a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, patents [and] intellectual property in general,” Swisher said. “This will just be an exclamation point on really what already was happening within the University on the faculty and staff side.”Hosted by Notre Dame’s IDEA Center, the conference will bring together a number of panels, workshops and competitions. The week officially kicked-off Friday and will continue through Sunday, April 27, with speakers such as Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Adam Savage of “Mythbusters” and Daymond John, CEO of FUBU. The festival will also feature performances from comedian Gabriel Iglesias on Monday at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend and The Chainsmokers on Friday in the Purcell Pavillion.In addition to the keynote lectures this week, Swisher said he is looking forward to the McCloskey New Venture Competition, which will take place Friday. The event allows start-ups to pitch their ideas and compete in a “Shark Tank format.”“All together, there are going to be around $400,000 in prizes and in-kind donations given to teams,” Swisher said. “This is major that’s going to count. So this is real stuff. The grand prize winner is $50,000 and there’s other prizes. So there will be a lot of money going out next Friday.”Swisher said he hopes IDEA Week will inspire students and expose them to new career paths.“I have never been in a university where more young people want to make an impact in the world and really be a force for good,” Swisher said. “We’re saying that you can do this through entrepreneurship … and you don’t have to be a greedy capitalist.“There’s another way. And you can choose to do right and still make a lot of money. And that’s what we’re also trying to support and show and lift up as an example to students that this is another path forward.”Ultimately, Ritchie said, IDEA Week is not a one-time event, but rather a long-term initiative.“What we’re really doing is we realize this is a multi-year effort,” he said. “This isn’t a one and done. This is something we’ve got to do this year and next year and the next year and then if we can just get this to a point where people say ‘Wow, that was great. I’d come back again’ that’s a win. That’s a big win. It doesn’t have to be the most amazing thing ever. It just has to be good enough that people say, ‘That was cool, let’s do it again.’”Tags: Adam Savage, Daymond John, IDEA Center, Idea Week, The Chainsmokerslast_img read more

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Tickets Now On Sale to See the Rockettes in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

first_img Related Shows It’s Labor Day weekend so you know what that means…time to start thinking about the most wonderful time of year! Tickets are now available to see the Rockettes celebrate the 87th anniversary of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This year Radio City Music Hall will be decked out for the season and the Rockettes will shine in a new finale that transforms the theater into a glistening winter wonderland. The Rockettes modern SNOW choreography combined with crystalline costumes is inspired by the snowflakes swirling over the audience, in a whirling dance of their own. Performances will run from November 7 through December 31. View Comments Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020last_img read more

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Kestrel Hires Two Editorial Personnel

first_imgKestrel Health Information, Inc., publishers of leading medical product directories including: WoundSource, IncontinenceSource, and DermProducts, is pleased to announce the hiring of two editorial associates: Elizabeth Kellogg and Samantha Magazu.Elizabeth Kellogg holds a bachelors degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Vermont. Elizabeth will be Kestrel’s trade show and public relations coordinator and will be working extensively in the editorial department.Samantha Magazu holds a bachelors degree in English with a miner in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Vermont. Samantha will be responsible for researching new potential markets and developing Kestrel’s clinical audience.Kestrel prides itself on providing convenient, easy-to-use directories specializing in fields that are of particular importance to medical professionals. Due to the success of its current publications, Kestrel is looking to introduce new publications and increase its presence on the web.For more information, visit www.kestrelhealthinfo.com(link is external) or call (802) 453-2955.last_img read more

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Haitian Government Recognizes Ecuadorean Support of Reconstruction Efforts

first_imgBy Dialogo February 14, 2013 During a UN hosted event, attended by ambassadors from several countries, and which was celebrated in the Republic of Haiti to evaluate actions in the peace and reconstruction process to be carried out in the Caribbean nation, Haitian President Michel Martelly referred to the international cooperation received during this period, and praised the support provided by Ecuador for their efficient efforts to reconstruct roads, schools, households, health centers, and public spaces. The head of state also emphasized that “in spite of the shortage of resources, the work carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers through the Support Mission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (MAHREC Missions) had positive results, including the creation of jobs in that country, since unqualified manpower for the execution of work is of Haitian origin,” he said on February 7. For this reason, the Haitian president said that he would be pleased if Ecuador’s National Defense Minister and other authorities attended the inauguration of reconstruction work that has been carried out so far by the MAHREC contingent, whose members are from the Ecuadorean Army Corps of Engineers battalion. This event will be celebrated in early March 2013 in the city of Artibonite, where the “Ecuador” square, as well as the bust of Ecuadorean General Eloy Alfaro Delgado, Liberal Revolution leader, will be inaugurated.last_img read more

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NAFCU-member CU on 2020 Fed council

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Faheem Masood, president and CEO of NAFCU-member ESL Federal Credit Union (Rochester, N.Y.), has been selected to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) for 2020.The CDIAC meets twice a year with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. It advises the Fed on the economy, lending conditions and other issues. Members are from banks, thrift institutions and credit unions serving on local advisory councils at the 12 Federal Reserve Banks.NAFCU works closely with the Federal Reserve to share insights into credit unions’ operations. Members of NAFCU’s Board of Directors met with Federal Reserve Board Governor Michelle Bowman in November to share findings from the association’s Annual Report on Credit Unions report and discuss other industry trends.last_img read more

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Take a virtual tour of Owego’s historic Evergreen Cemetery

first_imgThe virtual tour can be found on the Experience Tioga website, or by clicking here. It was established in 1851, meant to be a park-like setting. “If you wanted to explore the cemetery along our suggested walking path, you can enable this feature, and a little blue dot shows your location so you can get a sense of place,” said Small Town 360 owner David Coleman. Tioga County Tourism partnered with Small Town 360 to create the web app, available at your fingertips. Many people choose to walk the grounds, learning the names of some of the people who shaped Tioga County. The virtual tour features the biographies of more than 120 people, whereas the walking tour brochure only featured a couple of dozen. It helps locals learn about their past. “A place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town,” said Town of Owego historian Peter Gordon. It gives you the opportunity to learn about some of the significant people who were laid to rest there. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Evergreen Cemetery overlooks the Village of Owego and sits right outside the railroad tracks. “The printed walking tour brochure which is in full color would have cost us about $5,000. The virtual tour cost us $2,000,” said Gordon. Opening up the doors for new information about the history that lives in our own backyard. “The digital version is just so expansive that you don’t have those limitations,” said Coleman. “Remembering their family, we’ve already had corrections from one of the family members and it actually helps correct local history,” said Gordon. The virtual tour isn’t just fun for history buffs. “I personally think it makes no sense to retain all of these historic documents and photos in an archive that is not accessible to the public,” said Coleman. Now its original walking tour is going virtual.last_img read more

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Pension investors more than double alternatives exposure since crisis

first_imgPension fund exposure to alternative assets has more than doubled over the six years since the financial crisis, standing at $9.7trn (€8.6trn) at the end of 2014.Alternatives is now also the third-largest asset class globally, behind a 44% exposure to equities and a 28% exposure to bonds, across the $27.2trn in assets captured in a joint survey by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and PwC.The report – ‘Beyond their borders: evolution of foreign investment by pension funds’ – focused largely on the growing global diversification of pension investors, noting that the allocation to non-domestic assets had risen from 25% in 2008 to 31% at the end of last year.Dariush Yazdani, partner at the PwC Luxembourg Market Research Centre, said that, despite challenges, pension funds were facing “a future brimming with opportunities”. In spite of the notable increase in global allocations across the 29 countries captured in the research, European investors only saw their global exposure increase from 32% to 34% – although countries such as the Netherlands had a high non-domestic exposure, standing at 76% of assets.Yazdani added: “The unique ability of pension funds to focus on long-term investments allows them to absorb short-term volatility while bearing market and liquidity risk through diversification – one of the most effective means of achieving diversification is through foreign exposure.”The survey highlighted the growth of alternatives as an asset class, which has risen from $4.4trn in 2008 to $9.7trn in 2014, a 117% increase.While alternatives exposure has grown significantly in absolute terms, the growth in relative terms is less pronounced – only increasing from 21% to 26% of assets in the six years to 2014.A large part of the growth stemmed from US pension investors, where exposure more than doubled to $7trn.UK exposure grew from $363bn to $925bn over the same time.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to survey by Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry and PwClast_img read more

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Etera investment return falls to 3.7% in 2015, solvency dips

first_imgHe said returns flowed in steadily from a number of sources, and that returns on equity investments, bonds and real estate in particular had been good.Fixed income generated a return of 2% last year, down from 4.8% in 2014, while equities produced 6.6%, down from 10.8% the year before.Real estate investment made 4.2% for Etera in 2015 compared with 5.4% in 2014.Relative allocations between asset classes were little changed between 2015 and 2014, and fixed income investments made up 44.3% of Etera’s total investment at fair value at the end of December.Equities accounted for 29.3%, real estate made up 17% and ‘other’ investments, including hedge funds and commodities, added up to a 9.4% slice.Operating expenses shrank by 4% from the previous year to stand at €42m at the end of December, Etera said, adding that it would transfer €10.2m to client bonuses for 2016, up from €8m the year before.“We have systematically enhanced our operations, which has resulted in a better loading profit and higher client bonuses,” Björkman said.Etera’s domestic investments made up 38% of the overall portfolio at the end of December, down from 42% a year before.Björkman said the pensions insurer focused particularly on real investments and investment loans in its Finnish investment. “This manifested itself as investments in real estate, real estate loans and infrastructure and loan funds,” he said.Even though domestic investment shrank last year, Etera said investing actively in Finland would be one of its areas of focus this year.“We will seek investment targets in Finland regardless of the short-term economic cycle,” Björkman said.Etera’s total investments grew to €5.91bn at the end of 2015 from €5.8bn a year before. Finnish mutual pension insurance company Etera saw its investment return fall last year to 3.7% from 6.3%, as equities and bonds produced slimmer profits but said it improved cost efficiency and increased the amount it was transferring to client bonuses.In its financial statement for 2015, the pension provider reported a fall in solvency levels.Solvency capital ended the year at €751m, down from €861m at the end of 2014, giving a solvency ratio of 14.2%, down from 16.9%, and a solvency position of 1.4 versus 1.6.Stefan Björkman, Etera’s chief executive, said: “Our diversified portfolio reacted less to the stock markets’ extremes than the earnings-related pension sector on average.”last_img read more

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